For more than 30 years, Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy has been shaping the legends of his people into art. His paintings can be found in public and private collections from Switzerland to Australia, and across North America; he’s Artist in Residence at Dalhousie University, in Halifax. As a member of the group LoneCloud—along with his son, Evan—Alan is an ECMA-nominated recording artist. Saltscapes spoke to him from his studio in Truro, NS, about his school years, his grandmother and rock engravings, also called petroglyphs.
"Anyone looking for materials on Mi'kmaq history will have hundreds of items at their fingertips in the New Year thanks to a new aboriginal library and resource project now underway.Gordon Pictou, senior heritage interpreter and program manager, is working on expanding the resources available in ‘Our Voices - Our Stories' and material should be arriving in the next couple of months.
"We had some items already but we've just ordered about 150 more resources, such as books and videos, and other items such as educational material and handbooks," said Pictou."
“This will provide numerous job opportunities,” said John Duncan, minister of aboriginal Affairs and northern development.The $7-million connection will be cost-shared by the federal government, the province and Membertou First Nation. Both the federal government and the province will each chip in $3 million and Membertou will contribute $1 million.
Not only is the project creating jobs during construction, but it will allow for increased development and economic opportunities in the Mi'kmaq community and the broader industrial area.
"Indian Brook continues to face challenges with its drinking water.
Nathan Sack, Shubenacadie First Nation’s band administrator, said Wednesday the community remains on a do-not-consume advisory as operators attempt to recharge the water system.
People in Indian Brook have been drinking bottled water for the better part of two months after the community’s well ran low and was recharged from a nearby spring. Because the treatment facility can filter only groundwater, it had to wait for the surface water to cycle through."
2nd year BA student Suzanne Patles from Cape Breton University speaks with CBC's Information Morning about 'The Mi'kmaq Language Environmental Scan', which includes finding and make lists of Mi'kmaq language online resources and texts in Mi'kmaq and where they are (non-Mi'kmaq and Mi'kmaq organizations). This is a database.
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